Auto strike enters day 3; commuters left stranded

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 23:26 IST

The strike by diesel auto rickshaws entered the third consecutive day on Saturday, with protesters yet again refusing to allow buses and autos from Chandigarh from entering the city.

Auto drivers have been protesting since the past two days against the Chandigarh administration's move of banning the entry of diesel autos into the union territory after March 31, 2015. Protesters seek a permanent solution instead of a ban.

The protest, meanwhile, has left commuters stranded, with buses and autos coming from the UT being stopped at the entry points to SAS Nagar.

Harinder Kaur, a resident of Phase 7, said that with both administration and the police choosing not to act, the traffic situation is also chaotic.

No incident of vandalizing or damaging property was reported on Saturday.

On Friday, the SAS Nagar police booked 14 persons for breaking window panes of a CTU bus and injuring occupants.

Protesters have been booked under section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 148, (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code.

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